Day in history for May 29, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The meat markets of this city are to be closed at midnight on Monday, June 2, and on Saturday will be kept open from 4 to 10 p.m.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The P.L. Cable family has returned from the South.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Employees of the Tri-City Railway have asked that old carmen receive 22 1/2 cents an hour and new employees 20 1/2 cents an hour.

1931 -- 75 years ago
After ascending to a height of over 50,000 feet and a new world altitude record, Dr. Henry August Piccard predicted that the stratosphere would be the ''only practicable element'' for long distance flying, providing plane cabins in the future were made airtight.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A young chemistry enthusiast and his father are scheduled to confer with Rock Island Police this afternoon. The boy, 15, a student at Central Junior High, has aroused complaints from neighbors for making gun powder for use in rockets which he allegedly fired from the yard of his home.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island has been awarded a $125,000 federal grant to complete a four-diamond ballfield in southwest Rock Island. The 28-acre ballfield near Andalusia Road and W. 31st St. will probably be ready to open by the summer of 1982.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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